Penn State men’s soccer: St. Francis stuns Lions

From CDT staff reportsOctober 3, 2013 

— The Penn State men’s team played more than 100 minutes of soccer Wednesday night at Jeffrey Field, but St. Francis was the only team to find the back of the net.

Ryan Byers scored 1:12 into the second overtime to give the Red Flash a 1-0 victory, ending a four-game Nittany Lion win streak and giving the Flash their first win against Penn State in 11 tries.

A long counterattack was misplayed by goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton, and Byers pounced on the miscue, poking the ball into the empty net from the top of the penalty box.

Penn State (6-3-1) had dominated play for the first 90 minutes of regulation and the first overtime, with a 17-6 shot disparity to that point, although only four Nittany Lion shots were on goal, all saved by Red Flash keeper Daniel Valcicak, while Wolverton made one save.

St. Francis (7-2-1) did exert plenty of pressure, with a 9-2 corner kick advantage.

The Nittany Lions will have to bounce back for a major Big Ten test Sunday, visiting defending national champion Indiana.

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